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Face The Music Roadshow 2017
28 September – 3 October, Victoria
Leading Australian contemporary summit, Face The Music, is bringing new skills and connections to Victoria’s regional music scenes this month in a series of free masterclasses.

Starting Ground Workshop
28 – 29 September, South East NSW
APRA AMCOS, in partnership with South East Arts, presents a workshop for Aboriginal musicians at any stage in their career looking to further develop creative and business skills.

Masterclass with Nicolas Altstaedt
29 September, Newcastle , 1 October, Perth
German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is renowned worldwide for his creativity and versatility, in his captivating performances of repertoire on both modern and gut strings. In this masterclass, Nicolas will share his extensive knowledge with talented young musicians, providing them with valuable techniques to improve their craft.

All Girl Electronic
Applications close 2 October
Be trained and mentored in music software, composition and arrangement, recording, production and performance by some of Sydney’s best producers. Following on from the success of the 2016 pilot, All Girl Electronic is back in 2017 with a fresh line-up of free workshops and special events for young women starting out in electronic music production.

Music with Meaning
3 October, Adelaide
Protest and social change have always had a soundtrack. This session is an opportunity to hear three up and coming songwriters working with the Northern Sound System in Elizabeth talk about their music and its meaning.

Push Songs
Applications close 3 October
An innovative and inspiring free mentoring program for songwriters, presented by The Push.

Access2Arts Jo Bannon Residency Program
2 – 13 October, South Australia
As part of their commitment to exploring the inter-relationships between arts practice and disability, Access2Arts have invited UK artist Jo Bannon to run a two-week residency for artists who would like to be involved.

QUT Music Biz Forum
4 October, QLD
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is holding a music biz forum featuring keynote speakers Maggie Collins and Jeremy Neale.

Production Masterclass with Magoo
4 October, Darwin
Darwin music producers will get a sonic treat of an intensive masterclass with world class Australian producer Magoo.

VMTA Spring Workshop
4 – 5 October, Melbourne
Victoria Music Teachers Association (VMTA) is hosting an intensive two-day workshop for instrumental music teachers working in their own studio or in schools.

Songwriting Spring School
9 – 13 October, Tasmania
At the Songwriting Spring School, students will experience five days of mentorship and teaching from seasoned and skilful songwriters and musicians from around the state and country.

PushIt! Lab
10 October, Melbourne
Learn about rapping and beatmaking with Melbourne MC Defron and producer Sadiva at this new free hip hop program located at The Push . Registrations close 3 October.

JMC Academy Masterclass with KC Porter
10 October Brisbane, 11 October Melbourne, 12 October Sydney
KC Porter: Producer, Songwriter, Musician and Singer, shares secrets on working with platinum artists such as Michael Jackson, Santana, Ricky Martin and more and give his insider tips and tricks on getting your music ‘out there’ on a global scale.

Arts North West, Arts Grant Writing Basics
11 October, Tenterfield, 18 October, Gunnedah
Arts Grant Writing Basics is a workshop offering handy tips and tricks to any individual or community organisation applying for arts grants.

Anri Sala: Artist talk
14 October, Sydney
Join celebrated French/Albanian artist Anri Sala for his only public talk in Sydney, as he shares insights into the conceptual and creative development of Kaldor Public Art Project 33, The Last Resort. The artist appears in conversation with Maud Page, Deputy Director and Director of Collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales.

National Women Composers’ Development Program
17 – 18 October, Sydney
Participants will be mentored by several of Australia’s top women composers, as well as by members of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s outstanding composition unit.

Mullum Music Festival Youth Mentorship Program
Applications close 20 October
The Youth Mentorship Program teams acts under 21 years of age up with established artists (who also features on the Mullum Music Fest bill) who mentors and provide hands-on advice in a festival setting. The successful applicants also score a rehearsal session with their mentor, a 20-minute set at the festival, a weekend pass to Mullum 2017 and a backstage pass to watch their mentor’s performance.

Music Theory: A Taster
21 October, Sydney
Have you ever wondered if you could understand more about how music works? This workshop allows you to dip your toe into the water of music theory, and discover the craft behind the magic of music.

BodyMinded Webinar 2018
24 October, Online
This BodyMinded webinar provides a practical tool-kit of knowledge and methods to support and broaden your capacity as a great musician, teacher or coach.

Neal Peres Da Costa: Music, Place and Time Talk
28 October, Sydney
Acclaimed scholar and performer Neal Peres Da Costa delves into the extraordinary musical ideas of Mozart. He reveals new perspectives on the music of eighteenth-century Europe, and the ways in which it was imagined, performed and understood, and explores the intricate relationships between music, place and time.

Panel Discussion: Resounding – Sound and Music in Contemporary Art
29 October, Sydney
Responding to Anri Sala’s integration of music into his contemporary art practice, Resounding brings together artists and curators to discuss the role of sound and music within contemporary art.

Music Technology: Music Tech Bootcamp For All Music Teachers
30 October, Melbourne
Feel out of depth when it comes to using technology in your music teaching? Lacking confidence or have a few holes in your knowledge? This bootcamp will cover everything you’ve always wanted to know but were too afraid to ask! No previous experience in anything is required.

Pedro de Alcantara Vista
4 – 5 November
A public workshop for musicians who wish to learn Alexander Technique, presented by international master teacher, Pedro de Alcantara.

Andrew Ford: Music and Memory Talk
5 November, Sydney
Award-winning composer and broadcaster Andrew Ford shares insights into the creative process of composing, explores the relationship between music and memory, and reflects on the role that music plays in our lives.

Unlocking Musical Potential
1 November, Wilston, BNE
A full-day music education professional development course suitable for instrumental and vocal, primary and secondary, classroom and studio music teachers.

The Art of Criticism with Alison Croggon
10 November, Victoria
This workshop will cover the building blocks of critique, showing you how to research, construct and write a critical response for a general audience. Alison Croggon was the 2009 Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year and has reviewed for the Monthly, the Australian and the ABC.

Big Kodaly Day
11 November, Melbourne
Presented by Joel Copeland who is an exciting young presenter who has excellent ideas for the classroom. He will present a ‘mixed bag of primary through to secondary games and provide alterations for using all of the games in different contexts.

Ethics at Work
15 November, Sydney
Ethics At Work is a half-day professional training workshop that will equip you with the tools to identify and resolve complex ethical dilemmas. Using practical scenarios and group exercises, you will explore your own personal and organisational objectives and values, the pressures that work against good choices, different decision-making styles and how they can be applied to ethical issues.

Music Passport Program
November, 2017
Music Passport will present a suite of initiatives and opportunities that will support Victoria’s music industry to establish global links, learn from the best in the world and break into new international markets. Expect further details about the Music Passport initiatives in the months ahead.

Arts North West, Arts Grant Writing Basics
22 November, Quirindi
Arts Grant Writing Basics is a workshop offering handy tips and tricks to any individual or community organisation applying for arts grants.

Australian Ballet Music Talks
22 November, Sydney
Like the dancers on stage, musicians and conductors are powerful storytellers. In these free talks, Music Director and Chief Conductor Nicolette Fraillon will chat about the 2017 composers and their works.

Instrumental Leadership Workshop
25 November, Melbourne
Community Music Victoria is holding a long awaited workshop for everyone interested in the leadership of instrumental groups – aimed at those already taking leadership roles, and those who might take on such roles.

Australian Ballet Music Talks
13 December, Sydney
Like the dancers on stage, musicians and conductors are powerful storytellers. In these free talks, Music Director and Chief Conductor Nicolette Fraillon will chat about the 2017 composers and their works.

Industry Connect
Throughout 2017

A new music program bringing music industry professionals to regional Queensland to help anyone interested in building a sustainable career in the music industry.

Cultural Infusion – Music of the Andes
Throughout 2017
This music program sees Inka Marka combine traditional Andean costumes, dance, musical performances and background information to deliver a music education package aimed at students.

Drug Aware YCulture Regional
Throughout 2017
This opportunity offers 12-26 year olds who live in regional Western Australia the chance to fund an arts idea that benefits their community. Projects must promote the Drug Aware message and contribute to the participants improving their artistic skills.

The Australian Conducting Academy Summer School
25 January  – 2  February, 2018, Tasmania
Under the leadership of Course Director Johannes Fritzsch, who begins his three year appointment as the TSO’s inaugural Principal Guest Conductor in 2018, students will benefit from rehearsals with pianists as well as at least five orchestra calls with the TSO over the course of the school.


Senior Music by Meryl Jackson-Kew and Aleksandar Vujic
Senior Music is a collection of music pieces that are suitable for music study in years 10, 11 and 12.  It has been designed for the New South Wales Higher School Certificate, Queensland, Western Australian, Victorian, South Australian and Tasmanian Certificate of Education and Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training. For bulk school orders or more information contact: [email protected]

The Arts Units Learning Hub
Throughout 2017
The Arts Unit Learning Hub is a new online professional development platform for teachers across arts and literacy. It is free to all det and edu email holders and access can also be granted to other members of the education community on application.

Folk Music:
Australia Folk Blogspot – A terrific resource for folk enthusiasts  

Contemporary Music:
Anatomy Music Focused Podcast
– A collection of podcasts on Australian contemporary artist and music industry issues

Industry Advice:
Beyond the Stage Podcast

3MBS and Susan de Weger present Beyond the Stage podcast, 30 minute interviews with highly trained musicians who have built successful careers in law, medicine, business and social enterprise. These podcasts will share career stories on how music education is a unique and valuable training for career success in any industry.

Australian Audio Guide
A collaborative endeavour by The Wheeler Centre and Audiocraft, the Australian Audio Guide collates podcasts and radio programs on a variety of topics – food, live storytelling, arts and culture, nature and place, sound art, music, parenting, social issues, and the list goes on. The guide celebrates audio creations with regular interviews, features and listening suggestions.

The Place of Music in 21st Century Education
Open Online
What do children need from education now, and in the future? This five module course is not just for classroom or ensemble music educators. It’s suitable for anyone interested in creativity-infused education, in contemporary education issues, and in the integration and use of digital technology.

The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health
Free online Course
The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health explores personal and community health and wellness strategies using visual arts mediums. Each online module showcases the applied use of creative visual practices. The short course run by the University of Tasmania is designed to introduce you to a range of practices that promote focus and connectedness to ourselves, our relationships and the world around us.


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